We have just returned from an over nighter at the Red Lion and would just like everyone to know how impressed we were - after reading some of the reviews wonder if they had been to the same place as us. We purchased a Groupon deal and were impressed right from the point of phoning up to book our room - the staff were very friendly . We arrived at 11.30 as we wanted to make the most of our stay, we checked in straight away and had 2 drinks in the 'snug' which is a beautiful olde worldy lounge for residents and diners. The fire was roaring and the whole atmosphere was that of relaxation, we could easily have fallen asleep and not bothered with the walk to Linton Falls !!!.
When we read the reviews we were in two minds whether or not to eat there, so we decided to test it out by having some lunch before our walk. I had a hot brisket of beef sandwich and my partner had ham - they arrived well presented with loads of salad and extras- they both tasted great and the price was reasonable. We managed to drag ourselves out for our walk -and what a glorious walk it was the weather was perfect and the scenery was breath taking. Lots of wild life in the woods, we saw a weaslel, king fisher and lots of different types of birds.
When we returned to the Red Lion we were give our key to room 3 - and one of the very helpful reception staff showed us to our room which was outside in the annex. The room was fantastic and had loads of old world charm , bathroom was massive with a walk in shower. The room was also quite large with Super King bed and small lounge area, nice touches were the real coffee, molton brown products and the bear! No complaints what so ever.
As we had been so impressed with lunch we decided to have our evening meal there also - as we had to come to walk we'd only bought jeans - and I did not know if there was a dress code for the dining hall so just booked a table in the bar. We ordered our food then relaxed in the snugh for a while with a large glass of merlot and a pint of Timothy Taylors, when our food was ready one of the charming waiters called us to our table. We were even more impressed by the evening meal - even though we had a 'bar meal' the staff were very attentive and the food was great. We had pate to share as a starter - (which would have probably fed 4 as there was plenty of toast and bread) followed by Coq au vin and scampi, plus 2 glasses of Merlot. We were bought water with our wine without having to ask. Too full for a pudding we retired once more to the snug where we finished our wine and chilled out.
Bed was really comfortable and we both had a good nights sleep. Breakfast in the morning was of excellent quality and once again we were served by attentive staff.
We checked out and paid for our food and wine, (lunch and dinner) which was very reasonable,
Everything about the Red Lion was 10 out of 10 - however I think all the staff deserve a special mention, we have stayed in many hotels in the past and have never had such excellent service.
Our overnight stay was courtesey of a Groupon deal for £49 for B & B - the full rate in room 3 would have been £158, but it was so good we would have willingly paid the full price. We are hoping to go back soon but next time for 2 nights.
Thanks again Dave and Sue
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion itself is a 16th Century building located next to the River Wharfe in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National park.The Manor House is our B&B located 150 yds away from the Red Lion along the River bank, and is an ideal base for those walking the Dales Way or budget conscious.We are a traditional Yorkshire Dales family run business offering excellent cuisine focusing on local produce.Whether you wish to relax and enjoy our hospitality or explore the Dales there is something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Hotel Skipton
- Red Lion Skipton
- Skipton Red Lion
- Red Lion Hotel Burnsall, Yorkshire